Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Teaming Up for Healthy After-School Snacks and Meals Made with Texas Products

Guest Blogger, Elizabeth Hadley, Assistant Commissioner for Marketing

Yesterday, we at the Texas Department of Agriculture held a joint press conference with H-E-B at the Brodie Lane store in South Austin. The event highlighted how easy it is for parents to use locally-grown and raised products when preparing healthy after-school snacks and dinner. H-E-B Chef Scott Tillman hosted a cooking demonstration in which he made delicious peanut butter, honey and banana sandwiches; watermelon, strawberry and yogurt smoothies; and queso con carne and ground turkey. You can find them here.

It was a great event that truly showed how easy it is to find Texas produce and meats and use them to create healthy after-school meals. Luckily, with all the fresh foods grown in Texas, the options for nutrition snacks and dinner are endless. Visit the Texas Produce Availability Chart to find what Texas fruits and vegetable are available by month.

With 32 percent of Texas children ages 10-17 overweight or obese, now is an important time to teach our children how to eat right - one of the main components of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples' 3E's of Healthy Living - Education, Exercise and Eating Right. Remember, living a healthy lifestyle begins at home.

Check out video from the event:

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